A competition on Facebook by a male grooming brand to send a Malaysian to a space camp in Florida, USA to train to be an astronaut turned ugly when the only female finalist was “trolled”, drawing sexist comments from netizens.
Post-graduate student Roshini Muniam, who is one of the top five finalists of Axe deodorant’s Apollo Space Race competition, was discriminated against online due to her gender.
A comment posted by Syed Wazien on Roshini’s profile, featured in Axe’s Facebook page, expressed surprise over a woman’s desire to go to space.
“What – a woman?! No way, hose!!!” he said.
Geeky Fredward wrote that Roshini should not compete and must make way for her male counterparts to win the competition.
“Banyak lagi competition untuk female only kat luar tu lady.. (there are many other competitions for females out there, lady) don’t ruin what’s intended or most considered to be men only chance?”
Another commentator, Dimitriy Mirovsky, was more insulting, saying that women should be prohibited from the competition as they menstruate.
“pompuan REJEK…… lelaki sahaje….. kang tampon ang pecah kat langit tu abis rosak space craft tu….. kah kah kah……” (Women should be rejected… it is only for males… if your tampon burst while you are in space, the entire spacecraft will be spoilt… kah kah
This is reminiscent of an incident in the Malaysian parliament in 2007 when controversial Barisan Nasional MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin, in a heated exchange in the Dewan Rakyat with opposition MPs over a leaky roof in Parliament House, said: “Mana ada bocor? Batu Gajah pun bocor tiap-tiap bulan juga. (Where is the leak? The Batu Gajah MP also leaks every month.)”.
Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan and other women MPs were outraged by his comments and he was eventually forced to apologise.
Plucky Roshini, 27, has hit back at the trolls.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. I am all out to win this competition because I want to inspire ordinary people to have extraordinary dreams & goals,” she posted on the page.
The contestants underwent a series of challenges which tested their mental strength and endurance. The pictures of the top five were posted online. Visitors to the page then could vote for their choice.
Some netizens have also come out in her defence, with Rajakumari Rajagopal pointing out that the competition was open to all Malaysians and that she qualified on merit.
“She was the only Malaysian woman who had made her way to the semi-finals and now to the finals. She needs your help and everyone’s help to make her dream come true. Why can’t she have a dream? Why can’t she be given an equal right to participate? Why can’t she be the final person to represent Malaysia. Malaysia Boleh! 1 Malaysia! Hidup Malaysia!”
Rafizal Rahman said Roshini should not be praised and not criticised, pointing out there was already a lot of female astronauts in the world.
The competition closes next Tuesday and the winner will be announced on September 24.
The winner will represent Malaysia in Florida and compete against other nations’ candidates for an opportunity to go to space.
Only 22 people will be selected for the Florida experience.
I’ve cast my vote, what are you waiting for? Let’s send her to space!
p/s: We can vote once every hour.
Reblogging again from source for this update:
Another competitor, Adam, is 3000 points behind! (as of 9/15 at 10 AM PST) I suspect Adam has had a rallying force behind him as well, so we can’t get complacent, Tumblr. If we want Roshini/Rose to get a chance, we HAVE to keep voting—hourly.
Next time I want to talk about something that bothers me, remind me that I’m not allowed to have an opinion about gender issues because I’m just spouting stupid feminist drivel.
Remind me that my opinions are unfounded and that I need to be taught a lesson for expressing them.
Remind me that it’s my job to directly address anyone with whom I disagree so that I can make them understand why I’m not on board with whatever they’re saying or doing, because that’s my responsibility as someone with a dissenting opinion—I can’t just react to things, I need to present my thesis to the board.
Remind me that I take things too seriously and too literally.
And next time it’s on the subject of cosplay, remind me that my experiences as a woman who has been both fetishized for being sexy and rejected for not being sexy enough; for constantly worrying about not only whether my body look good, but also whether someone is going to notice it; for wanting to simultaneously fight the current standards so that everyone can get the love that I’m fortunate enough to sometimes receive, and conform to them so that I can’t be hated for doing what I love—
Remind me that those are irrelevant.
Men Vs Cosplay Calendar
Without shitting on any of the men involved, because I know and immensely respect so many of them….
I guess if I wanted to see a cosplay calendar that features a bunch of people who ordinarily aren’t featured, I would want to see something a lot more intersectional and a lot less mostly white dudes.
I get it, cosplay is a medium that’s dominated by women, in which men are a minority. It’s really great to highlight people who aren’t conventionally sexy women who get a lot of attention because dudes like to look at what they like to look at.
But if that’s the case, make a calendar that isn’t dominated by white men. Make a calendar that has more men of color. Then add some women of color, and women who aren’t model-thin, and cosplayers with disabilities, and cosplayers with non-binary gender identity—make it a little like the cast of Orange is the New Black, okay, which has a little bit of everyone.
And if you’re going to make a calendar of white cosplaying dudes, please don’t call it “Men VS Cosplay,” as if these men are fighting cosplay, fighting this women-dominated genre, because god forbid there’s an area of general Geekdom that actually has more women in it.
And don’t pit them up against the idea of women being the center of attention, because 99-100% of the time, the featured women are actually being objectified beyond belief, because it’s usually men who are running the news sites and buying the prints and calendars and determining what is acceptable in cosplay—not the female cosplayers themselves.
I want to support the project because I genuinely admire the talented individuals who are involved, but at the same time, I’m sitting here like: Why do I need to support men being the center of attention, when the reason why women get so much attention in cosplay is because men are the center of attention everywhere else in life and get the Hot Cosplay Girls they demand?
An Observation At Charlotte Russe
made more for you guys
"I would leap at the chance to go to the 1950s, or for modern times to return to that way of thinking.
Women can not take care of themselves, this is why they marry. So the husband can give them shelter and if course earn money so food and clothes can be provided to her. I fail to see what’s so wrong with this. It’s a win win scenario, he gets his meal cooked and access to sex, and she doesn’t have to work or provide for herself.
I’m sorry you wish to be a man, so you can work and provide for yourself. Maybe if you stopped being on the Internet you could find a good man to cook and clean for.”
-tumblr user raymondvestersagenda
I swear to god I’ll be 80 someday, living peacefully in a retirement home and enjoying the last years of my mortal life
and I’ll still be defending female Bioware characters from idiots
INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM, video game style
"My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit." — Flavia Dzodan
(based on kaidonovskied’s Marvel women post and jaegerpilotmako’s DC women post)
too bad suckers, we’ve been here all along
aaaaaaaaaaaaand I’m done.
lol @ dudebro who thought it was okay to make a slut joke in a comment on my fan page
lol @ dudebro who thought that that comment NOT being about my cosplay partner or myself meant that I wasn’t going to or didn’t have the right to be offended
lol @ dudebro who thinks that making slut jokes about sexual characters is to be expected and therefore absolutely justified
lol @ dudebro who thinks this is okay when you consider that I’m arguably most known for a cosplay of a sexually empowered character
lol @ dudebro who thinks that it’s cool to make a slut joke at a cosplay because it’s about the character, not the cosplayer
lol @ dudebro who thinks I need a thick skin if I can’t read comments like that
lol @ dudebro who thinks I have thin skin because I’ve never gotten death or rape threats, much less everything in between
lol @ dudebro who thinks that I don’t have the right to moderate the language on my fan page and that it’s only the cosplayer who had the word “slut” used about her who matters here
Because, my chickadee
If you think I’m going to let anyone slut-shame cosplayers
On my fan page or elsewhere
Me, my friends, or anyone else
You are dead wrong
Here’s the thing about the whole cosplay!= consent thing: it doesn’t stop in the convention center. I expect to read degrading comments on cosplay photos, but that doesn’t mean I’ll tolerate them, especially when they’re directed at someone else on a page that I moderate. Fuck that noise.
Oh, you can try to shame and objectify me, but I’m not going to make it easy for you.